Part of a special month-long event featuring writing tips and NaNoWriMo strategies from guest writers and fellow NaNo participants.
Surviving NaNoWriMo (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Write a Novel)
by M.A. Kropp
In 2008, I decided to listen to a few writing friends and take a look at this National Novel Writing Month thing. They had been bugging me for a few years to "just try it." I did some digging, and decided to give it a try. I have missed one NaNo since then, and I have hit at least 50K each time I tried. Along the way, I have found some strategies and tricks that have helped me get it done. As always, some of these ideas may seem make sense for you; others may not. We all have to figure out our own best way of dealing with not only NaNo, but our writing in general. Life goes on, whether we are trying to write 50,000 words in 30 days or not. Work, school, family, pets, unexpected events- all of that and more flood over us, in November and the rest of the year. I hope you can find at least one thing here to help you get to that 50K mark.
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M.A. Kropp is married, has three grown daughters and two awesome grandsons, and lives in NH. She also has cats, a dog, several aquariums and an outdoor goldfish pond, and chickens. When she is not writing, she competes in chili competitions with her husband, who she outscores regularly. She has also been accused of reading anything that appears before her eyes: books, old newspapers, cereal boxes, and, yes, even the instruction manuals that come with stuff. Most of all, she enjoys good food, good wine (and other spirits), and good company.